"Nova Scotia's Auditor General did his job. Now it's time for Stephen McNeil to do his and take action to fix the current crisis in health care." — Kim Jenkins, second Vice-President NSGEU/NUPGE
Halifax (28 Nov. 2017) — The NSGEU/NUPGE is demanding that the Premier of Nova Scotia fix the crisis in health care, and stop his shoot-the-messenger diversionary tactics. The Premier publicly questioned the credibility of the Nova Scotia Auditor General following the release last week of the 2017 report that included 21 health-related recommendations.
"Nova Scotia's Auditor General did his job. Now it's time for Stephen McNeil to do his and take action to fix the current crisis in health care," says Kim Jenkins, second Vice-President, NSGEU/NUPGE.
‘The real issue remains the crisis in health care’
"The past few days Stephen McNeil has attacked the credibility of the Auditor General and his staff, something he does whenever his failed record on health care is called into question," said Jenkins. "The real issue remains the crisis in health care that our members, working on the front lines, tell us is hurting patients, has left more than 100,000 people without a family doctor, and is creating chaos in our hospitals and emergency rooms."
Auditor General Michael Pickup issued his 2017 health-related performance audit report last week that included 21 recommendations focusing on Family Doctor Resourcing, Mental Health, and Home Care.
Stephen McNeil attacks anyone who tries to hold him to account for his failure
"One thing is clear,” Jenkins explained, “Stephen McNeil has a bruise when it comes to doctor recruitment and health care, and he attacks anyone who tries to hold him to account for his record of failure."
Jenkins added: "NSGEU members are calling on elected representatives from all parties to focus on the health care crisis and not give credibility to the Premier's attempt at misdirection.” She continued: “Our members on the front line keep telling us they need help, but the McNeil government consistently ignores their calls. Stephen McNeil's failure in health care is the issue that needs discussion, not the mandate of the Auditor General."
‘We don't need Trump-like attacks on the Auditor General’
The Auditor General is scheduled to appear before the Nova Scotia Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday, November 29.
"People living without a family doctor and NSGEU health care professionals who work on the front lines need action to fix the crisis now," concluded Jenkins. "What we don't need is Trump-like attacks on the Auditor General."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE